Skagit Bulbs for Skagit Gardeners: On Sale Now

SVFCBulbsNow is the time to plant bulbs for the spring flowers. Freshen up your garden with an assortment of colorful petals. Look for locally grown flower bulbs from Skagit’s own Washington Bulb Company in Mount Vernon.
The Co-op’s Garden Center has put together a colorful collection of locally grown tulips, daffodils, fragrant narcissis, hyacinths, and more from Washington Bulb Company. Click here for a link to the company’s “Bulb Expert Tips.”
  • 10 pack Tulips – $6.99-$8.99 (26 varieties to choose from)
  • 10 pack Daffodils – $6.99-$8.99 (10 varieties to choose from)
  • 10 pack Hyacinths – $8.99 each
  • 10 pack Crocus – $3.99 each

Now in the Deli: Chicken Splitz

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Yummy Espresso Chipotle roasted chicken ‘n’ mashed potatoes. Made fresh in the Co-op kitchen!

Now available in the Co-op Deli To Go case: Chicken Splitz, a family-sized meal to go. For $8.99, you’ll get the Co-op’s own freshly roasted half chickens nestled with some mashed potatoes, all garnished with paprika and minced parsley.

Look for a rotating selection of flavors and seasonings, including Espresso Chipotle, Honey Ginger Glazed, and the Co-op’s own Classic BBQ.

The Co-op cooks roast whole chickens from Draper Valley and their affiliated family farms. Locally sourced, vegetarian fed, cage free, hormone, and antibiotic free! For more information on Draper Valley, read an earlier post of our Farm Tour here.

One of the best things about these meals is the variety — you get dark and light meat, and some bones for homemade stock. Just add a few Deli salads or a fresh greens from the salad bar and you’ve got a well-rounded (gluten-free) meal! Only $8.99 each!

NuZest Pea Protein

Clean-Lean-Protein-Just-Natural-212x274If you haven’t yet tried New Zealand’s favorite vegetable protein, then you are in for a treat. Clean Lean Protein is the newest addition to our plant-based protein range. From the packaging to the awesome taste and the high quality ingredients, you can see why those folks from down under can’t get enough of it.

Clean Lean Protein is made entirely from european golden peas – grown, harvested and blended in Belgium. In a 25g serve there is less than 1/2 a gram of fat (that’s no fat), less than 2 g’s of carbs, and it’s packed with at least 20-22g’s (depending on flavor) of protein – that’s 80% – 88% protein per serve.

Also, for those of you with allergies, it has only three ingredients: the pea protein, the natural sweetener (Thaumatin), and the real flavor. There are no artificial ingredients added: the vanilla is real vanilla bean, the chocolate is real chocolate, the coffee is real coffee and the strawberry is real strawberry.

As an introductory offer, the product is on sale for the first couple of months to give you a chance to check it out. If you are looking for a good plant-based protein that actually tastes great, give it a try – you won’t be disappointed!

New Feature: CV, The Wine Guy, talks Red Blends

CV the Wine Guy_Skagit Valley Food CoopMeet CV, one of the newest additions to the Co-op family. CV is our resident wine guy and our newest cheese specialist. And he’s here to give you generous, succinct, friendly advice on wines (and cheese). CV is quick to say that he’s not a wine “expert” — he’s not the person to go to for fancy terminology — but he does know wine, and approaches it with robust energy and a desire to match wine with people, food, and experiences. Each week, CV will pow-wow with us about geographic regions, specific varietals, wines with a purpose, etc., and give you two wine recommendations at two price points, below $10, and below $16. (With a darn good bargain or occasional splurge thrown in from time-to-time.)

Have suggestions for where CV takes us next? Email us at community(at)skagitfoodcoop(dot)com.

For week one, we’ll keep things nice and friendly — kicking off autumn and this new feature with Red Blends. Read more New Feature: CV, The Wine Guy, talks Red Blends …

The Cheese Whisperer: Going Wilde

OscarWildeChsThe latest temptation at the Co-op’s Cheese Island takes a turn for the poetic: Oscar Wilde Aged Irish Cheddar. Oscar Wilde was a witty writer who dazzled the British Isles with his poems and prose in the later half of the 1800s. Celebrate his life and work with this semi-dry, tangy, aged Irish Cheddar from the Poets and Writers of Ireland Cheese Company.

Oscar Wilde Cheddar is aged for 2 years in Ireland’s dairy heartland, County Cork. With a distinct creamy flavor, this cheese is made from farm-fresh cow’s milk from multi-generation family farms. Cattle are pasture-fed for most (at least 300 days) of the year, including during the milking season.

Wilde’s most popular plays are still enjoyed today on stage and screen, including “The Importance of Being Earnest” and “An Ideal Husband.” During his lifetime, he was also believed to be an expert on food and wine. In addition to a host of memorable quotes, he famously said: “I can’t stand people who do not take food seriously.”

This natural white cheddar has a semi-firm texture and pairs well with eggs, fresh fruit, Dalmatia fig spread, and toasted Marcona almonds (available in the Co-op Deli To Go case). Spice and sweetness accent the creamy notes of Oscar Wilde Cheddar, so try it crumbled over apple cobbler for a simply divine experience. The cheese also makes an excellent companion to dark beer. Refresh your palate and pair this delightful tangy cheddar with the rich, roasted flavors of Lost Coast Brewing’s 8 Ball Oatmeal Stout, Ninkasi’s Vanilla Oatis Stout, or the classic Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout.